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Man Allegedly Tried To Smuggle Phone To Charles Manson

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed.
    
California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says 63-year-old Craig Carlisle Hammond was arrested Sunday for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison.  Hammond was taken to jail and is scheduled to be in court next month.
    
Authorities say Hammond had a wrist watch cell phone that was found by a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison.
    
Manson, who is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a series of gruesome murders, has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in the past four years.

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LAPD Trying To Obtain Decade Old Taped Conversations Between A Charles Manson Follower And His Attorney

DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge in Texas says the Los Angeles Police Department should be able to obtain the decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney.
    
Judge Richard A. Schell's ruled Sunday that Charles "Tex" Watson waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he allowed the lawyer to sell the tapes to an author.
    
A bankruptcy court ruled last year that the LAPD should get the tapes, but Watson appealed.
    
The LAPD has sought the tapes on the basis that they could provide clues to unsolved murders.
    
A message left for an LAPD spokesman was not immediately returned Tuesday.
    
Watson is serving a life sentence in California for his role in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
    
His attorney, Kelly Puls, declined immediate comment.

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